recycled crayons – frugal living win!

September 25, 2010 at 6:35 am (Other Artsy Fun) (, , , , , , )

So, thanks to Ravelry, I relearned how to make chunky, multicolored crayons for kids to play with.  Since I’m nannying, I took one of the kids (only kid I had today) to the thrift store and there we found two large bags of used crayons and a mini muffin tin.  Total cost? One whole dollar!

The most annoying part is peeling the paper off of the crayons – after a bit, it started to hurt under my thumbnail – right about the time my teenaged son came through, got his knife, and helped to peel some of the crayons.  Preschoolers job was to break the crayons and put them in the tins.  We filled each cup to the top with crayon bits, and when that was done,  we put the tray in the oven, preheated to 275 degrees.

It only took a few minutes for the crayons to start to melt, and we kept a close eye on them so that the crayons would melt, but not bubble and mix so much they all became mud colored.  So after about 5 minutes, I pulled the tray out of the oven, careful not to jostle it.  We let it cool on the stovetop for about 20 minutes, and then i stuck the tray into the fridge.

At the end of the hour, we got these:

Another awesome thing was that in the bags, there were some glittery, sparkly crayons.  If you look closely, you can see the ones with the sparkly crayons. The really nice thing is that when they get cool, they pop right out of the pan, so no special preparation is needed!

So for about 24 crayons, we got 12 new chunky funky crayons.  And we still have this quart zippie bag full of other crayons to make more fun ones with!

We haven’t used them yet, since this was an evening project, right before bedtime – but they will be here for tomorrow!

This project was a serious frugal living win.

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